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BarkellWH

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"The Barefoot Contessa" Sh... 

For those in the US with access to Turner Classic Movies, tonight (Monday) a very good film, "The Barefoot Contessa" is showing, starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. Ava Gardner plays a dancer in a Madrid nightclub and Humphrey Bogart plays her confidante who remains her friend throughout her tumultuous life and career. As Maria Vargas (the Barefoot Contessa), Gardner becomes a famous film star, but her life ends tragically. (Bogart never seems to get the girl--witness "Casablanca.")

Actually, Ava Gardner had a strong connection with Spain. About the time "The Barefoot Contessa" came out (1954), she was having a pretty torrid love affair with the famed matador Luis Miguel Dominguin. Subsequently, in 1959, Dominguin and Antonio Ordonez were involved in a rivalry in the Corrida. Ernest Hemingway chronicled that rivalry in his book entitled "The Dangerous Summer," which still makes good reading today.

At any rate, if you are interested in a good, old-fashioned film that does not involve car crashes, explosions, or Hip Hop, but does involve Spain, deep emotions, and tragedy, "The Barefoot Contessa should fit the bill.

Bill

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RE: "The Barefoot Contessa"... (in reply to BarkellWH

Which movie is the one that has her running down the beach and one character is a defrocked priest?

Night of the iguana?

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BarkellWH

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RE: "The Barefoot Contessa"... (in reply to estebanana

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Which movie is the one that has her running down the beach and one character is a defrocked priest?


Yes, "Night of the Iguana." Richard Burton played the defrocked priest.

Bill

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Who tried to hustle the East."

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